On Friday, Anthony Cottone, the lawyer for the School Board, did not present any witnesses as expected. Instead, he told Avila that Deputy Commissioner David Abbott told the district’s chief academic officer, Sharon Contreras, that the regulations regarding common planning time did not apply to Hope. Since Abbott arguably is Avila’s boss (at least one of them), Cottone wondered whether Avila could remain impartial.
That is apparently their whole argument for reducing common planning time in violation of the Basic Education Plan: "Someone told us it was ok and aren't you violating the chain of command?"
Typical for an interaction with the Brady administration, but surprising they'd try it in this context. Kind of an impressive display of consistency, in its own way.